Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits to pre-match nerves

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The long-serving Frenchman admits that he still gets nervous before matches, despite his time in the game.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted to Arsenal Magazine that he still gets anxious before games.

The Frenchman is currently the longest-serving manager in the Premier League, having taken charge of the Gunners in September 1996, overseeing 1,056 matches in that time.

Despite that wealth of experience and time in the game, Wenger admits that he still gets anxious just before kick-off because football is unpredictable, although it is that unpredictability which makes him love the sport.

“Of course I get nervous before the games because football is not mathematics,” he said.

"In maths every day you know that one plus one is two. In football, one player plus one player doesn’t always add up to two players. This uncertainty and this huge potential is in your mind when you’re a manager as well, so of course it makes you nervous, because nobody knows what will happen.”

The long-serving manager also says that he tries to exude confidence before every game, as a way of helping to drive his team on to victory.

Confidence is naturally a big part of football, and it has been proved in the past that even the lesser favoured teams in games can perform above and beyond if their confidence is high enough, often providing football’s biggest shocks.

Of the 1,056 games Wenger has taken charge of with the Gunners, he has overseen over 600 wins in all competitions, so it is clearly a strategy that works. However, he admits that each player has a pre-match routine that must be accounted for.

“Everybody is different and approaches a match day differently, but I always try to be confident,” he added.

“I’m always confident that my team will do well and I want to show that. But you never know exactly the mental energy that will be in the team during the game, nor the physical energy that will be in everybody that day.”

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